Yemen: Visit from Nasser

For the past 19 months, Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser has lavished ill-spared funds and fighting men on the backward, arid republic of Yemen, where a revolutionary leader backed by Nasser is struggling against the stubborn remnants of the ousted royal regime. Nasser has committed 36,000 Egyptian troops — one-third of his entire army — but the royalists still control the countryside, penning the revolutionaries in a few garrisons. Last week, paying his first visit to Yemen since the 1962 coup, Nasser was plainly anxious to decide whether to cut his losses or to continue the costly desert war.

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